[Christianity] is not about simply obeying a set of rules; it’s about growing in a relationship with God.
1. We are all sinners, and we will struggle against sin until we die.
Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” It doesn’t matter if we pray every 5 minutes or every month. We are all equally undeserving of the grace God has given us. It’s the best kind of gift — a gift that sets us free from our natural inclination to sin and resist God. And there’s nothing we can do to earn it.
2. We have the privilege of obeying God with our actions.
We won’t do this perfectly, but we are commanded in the Bible to model ourselves after Jesus and try to be more like Him every day. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 11:1, “Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.” When we choose to listen to Jesus and do what He says, and not just doing what is “right” instead of wrong, He changes our heart. It’s not about simply obeying a set of rules; it’s about growing in a relationship with God.
3. Just because we started a new direction with Jesus doesn’t mean we need to let our old friends go.
Jesus hung out with a lot of messed up people. In fact, that is what He was known for. He hung out with the prostitutes, the disadvantaged and even people who didn’t believe He was the Son of God. In Mark 2:15-17, Jesus says, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Yet the Bible also reminds us, “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity” (Colossians 4:5).
Friends following Jesus is hard. Our human, sinful nature pushes against love and puts fear into our hearts. But trusting in the Lord and choosing to keep moving forward with Him is the best choice of all.